142

Joe Farnsworth: It's Prime Time

By

Sign in to view read count
Joe Farnsworth: It's Prime Time It's Prime Time , by drummer Joe Farnsworth, is an inspired blend of past and present, with a lineup of young lions roaring in the presence of several pantheon-dwelling vets. Their combined talents give this disc, a nod to the hard bop period of the '50s and '60s, a sound that is at once nostalgic and timeless.

The opener, "Sweet Poppa," begins with Farnsworth drumming a pedal point intro, followed by tenor man Eric Alexander, who builds a shimmering solo that soars above the melody, paving the way for splendid interplay among Farnsworth, pianist Harold Mabern and bassist Ron Carter. "Old Folks" brings trombonist Curtis Fuller into the allstar fold. After David Hazeltine's piano intro, Fuller blows the wistful theme with a reflective air. Alexander picks up the tempo and when the rhythm section kicks in, a butterfly emerges from the chestnut and sheds its melancholy-dampened wings before Fuller takes the tune out with a sprightly coda. "Prime Time" is a foot-tapping groove just on the R&B fringe which brings to mind Lee Morgan's "The Sidewinder."

The middle of the disc belongs to tenor sax master Benny Golson, who plays on three tunes covering a diverse range of styles, tempos and emotions, from the burner "Stable Mates," to the cool blues "Five Spot After Dark" (the only cut on which Golson, Fuller, Mabern and Carter all appear), to the lovely, and previously unrecorded "And So, I Love Again."

Carter contributes a bossa nova groove, "The Third Plane," to the proceedings. Trumpeter Jim Rotondi shares the theme with Alexander, then takes a nicely intricate solo. Farnsworth's brother John plays tenor on the rapid-fire "Hello, Young Lovers" and joins Hazeltine and Fuller in delivering blistering solos. Hazeltine's "Jose's Lament" ends the disc and the thoughtful, polished solos by Alexander, Hazeltine, Carter and Joe Farnsworth are topped off with a double-time coda over which Alexander blows far and wide. It's a fitting closing out to a great show, for which all involved deserve to take a deep bow.


Track Listing: 1 Sweet Poppa 5:46 2 Old Folks 7:20 3 Prime Time 8:02 4 Stable Mates 7:11 5 Five Spot After Dark 5:50 6 And So, I Love Again 4:20 7 The Third Plane 5:37 8 Hello, Young Lovers 7:44 9 Jose's Lament 7:06

Personnel: Joe Farnsworth: Drums; Curtis Fuller: Trombone; Benny Golson: Tenor Saxophone; David Hazeltine: Piano; Harold Mabern: Piano; Jim Rotondi: Trumpet, Flugelhorn.

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: 441 Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Life and Other Transient Storms" CD/LP/Track Review Life and Other Transient Storms
by John Sharpe
Published: November 21, 2016
Read "Un Viaje" CD/LP/Track Review Un Viaje
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: March 7, 2016
Read "Imagine Nation" CD/LP/Track Review Imagine Nation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 1, 2016
Read "Quartet 1991" CD/LP/Track Review Quartet 1991
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 9, 2016
Read "Plays New Zealand" CD/LP/Track Review Plays New Zealand
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 21, 2016
Read "Pathways" CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by James Nadal
Published: February 29, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!